We're halfway to the final eight, with four of the best pure athletes we've seen in the last 20 years on tap.
Roy Devyn Marble def. Greg Brunner 15-11 (63-37)
Adam Haluska def. Jordan Bohannon 15-6 (80-20)
GAME ONE: No. 3 Tyler Smith vs. No. 2 Peter Jok
|14.9/4.9||PPG/RPG (best Iowa season)||19.9/4.5|
|46.3||eFG% (best Iowa season)||38.0|
|14.2||Win Shares (career)||10.5|
Obviously, Smith spent most of his career at Tennessee, so judging him solely on his Iowa output is missing most of the picture. But this is, on paper, one of the closest matchups we've had so far. Jok is the better outside shooter, and had the higher ceiling. Smith is better around the rim, and both guys can handle the ball and score from anywhere. With Haluska waiting, this bracket is down to some phenomenal do-it-all players.
GAME TWO: No. 1 Luka Garza vs. No. 4 Isaiah Moss
|23.9/9.8||PPG/RPG (best season)||11.1/2.9|
|58.8||eFG% (best season)||50.7|
|12.6||Win Shares (career)||6.9 (nice)|
In today's second game, we get another big vs. guard matchup, this time between two teammates. Garza is unstoppable at the rim, and even a comparable shooter from three. Can Moss use his defensive ability (0.9 steals per game in his last year at Iowa) to harass the big man on the perimeter, or is Garza going to do this --
#Hawkeyes and Players, Here's a nightcap for you, the drill is called, catch the ball and finish with authority. Thanks to TC @iamtc25, Luka's a far better rim finisher. Thank you #25! pic.twitter.com/IEPbvcwqmx— Frank Garza (@frankgarza57) April 29, 2020
-- all day?